By Kristin E. Pitt (auth.)
This e-book contextualizes twenty first century representations of disappearance, torture, and detention inside of a historic framework of inter-American narratives. reading quite a number assets, Pitt reveals a chronic concentrate on the physique that hyperlinks modern practices of political terror to matters approximately corporality and sovereignty.
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Early in the romance, Iracema speaks in the third person of “seu seio” [“her breast”] as a place where “o espírito de Tupã habita só” (27) [“only the spirit of Tupã dwells” (20)]. Four months later, Iracema tells Martim that “Teu sangue já vive no seio de Iracema. Ela sera mãe de teu filho” (62) [“Your blood already lives in Iracema’s breast. She will be the mother of your child” (79)]. As Martim “em júbilo . . beij[a] o seio fecundo da esposa” (62) [“joyously . . kiss[es] his wife’s fertile breast” (79)], Iracema comes to be identified with the one characteristic of Brazilian nature from which she had previously been distanced: its fecundity and capacity for reproduction.
For Iracema to join Martim in their new way of life, she cannot simply leave behind her old society: she must witness, and even participate in, the slaughter of her friends and relatives as the Tabajaras pursue Iracema, Martim, and Martim’s friend Poti into Pitiguara territory. Buried Bodies 41 The Pitiguara are victorious in battle, and Iracema arrives safely in the Pitiguara village, although she is understandably distraught to be living amongst “o crânio de seus irmãos espetado na caiçara” (54) [“the skulls of her brothers on stockade spikes” (67)].
Buried Bodies 41 The Pitiguara are victorious in battle, and Iracema arrives safely in the Pitiguara village, although she is understandably distraught to be living amongst “o crânio de seus irmãos espetado na caiçara” (54) [“the skulls of her brothers on stockade spikes” (67)]. She takes solace only in Martim, proclaiming that “A alegria para a esposa só vem de ti; quando teus olhos a deixam, as lágrimas enchem os seus” (54) [“happiness for your wife comes only from you; when your eyes leave her, her own are filled with tears” (66)].